(Clearwisdom.net) Zhang Zhagen, a practitioner from Kaifeng City, Henan Province, died in the hospital from torture sustained at the Kaifeng City Labor Camp. This was first reported in http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2005/7/6/62595.html.

Some additional details of the case are reported here:

On June 24, 2005, he was sent to the Kaifeng Medical College Hospital for emergency treatment. On the night of June 27, 2005, he passed away. An investigation seeking more detailed information on how Mr. Zhang Zhagen was persecuted to death is currently underway.

Before he died, he was in a deep coma. He was unconscious and only able to breathe with the assistance of a ventilator. His face and legs were swollen. His kidneys and bladder had failed. According to the doctors, Zhang Zhagen was nearly dead when he arrived at the hospital. The doctors did all they could. If he survived, they felt he would have remained in a vegetative state. The labor camp assigned a guard to police the entrance of the emergency room 24 hours a day to prevent family members from visiting.

Mr. Zhang Zhagen, a veteran, worked at the Kaifeng Hotel. On March 6, 2005, he was arrested from his home by police officers from Daxing Substation in Kaifeng City. He was sentenced to two years in a labor camp. He was brutally tortured at the Kaifeng City Labor Camp and started a hunger strike to protest the torture. On the ninth day he was on verge of death, so police sent him to the Kaifeng Medical College Hospital emergency room. There were bruises on his arms.

Based on our information, Zhang Zhagen was in the "education" group in the labor camp. The squad leader Xu Yinhai instigated the prisoners to torture him using several different methods. For example, he was not allowed to sleep at night and was dragged outside in the daytime, where he was forced to stand in the baking sunlight all day when the temperature was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Investigations of the details continue.

Contact information for those responsible:

Wen Shongshang, Deputy Secretary of the Political and Legal Committee of Kaifeng City: 86-378-3866029 (office) 86-13938630006 (cell 86-378-3858866 (home)

Hu Shiming, Director of the 610 Office of Kaifeng City: 86-378-3855530

He Shisheng, Head of Kaifeng City Municipal Judicial Bureau: 86-378-3932683 (office), 86-13700785688 (cell), 86-378-3965881 (home)

Chen Guoqiang, Head of Kaifeng City Labor Camp: 86-378-3853282-8001 (office), 86-13803786378, 86-378-3664898 (home)

Xu Bianzhou, Commissioner of the Kaifeng City Municipal Judicial Bureau: 86-378-3853282-8002 (office), 86-13803786376 (cell), 86-378-3660669 (home)

Gu Jiangjun, Deputy Head of the Kaifeng City Labor Camp

Ma Yunlong, Deputy Head of the Political Commissar: 86-13937851767 (cell)

Xu Yinhai, policeman, 40 years old. Several practitioners were persecuted to point of becoming handicapped under his instigation.

June 27, 2005